While Week 6 of the NFL season saw rather high-scoring games across the league, we can't overlook the defensive performances on the field.
The league acknowledged the play of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Za'Darius Smith, as they were named the NFC and AFC Defensive Players of the Week.
Clark played a significant role in the Seahawks drubbing of the Oakland Raiders across the pond in London, England. The Jon Gruden-led team couldn't get anything going, as quarterback Derek Carr was left vulnerable at numerous points throughout the game.
As a result, Clark took advantage of those opportunities, accumulating four total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Frank Clark sent Kolton Miller to Manchester pic.twitter.com/UKaGUUaYfM— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) October 14, 2018
As for the Za'Darius Smith, he feasted on the Tennessee Titans' offensive line and made Marcus Mariota his personal tackling dummy. Smith finished the game with five total tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble.
Smith was so excited when he found out he received the weekly honor that the first thing he did was call his mom to tell her the news. A cool moment for sure.
Your AFC Defensive Player of the Week, Za’Darius Smith, who had three sacks vs. the Titans said the first thing he did when he heard the news was call his mom. pic.twitter.com/Nh9HFl7C9m— Lisa Redmond (@LisaARedmond) October 17, 2018
Both Clark and Smith wreaked havoc on the quarterbacks, and received recognition from the league that their performances did not go unnoticed.